7. Play Winning Chess by Seirawan and Silman
The first chessbook I ever bought !!! It is without a doubt one of my favorites. This is a basic book. It starts with how the pieces move.
Next the four elements of chess are covered:force, time,space, and pawn structure. Next are some nice annotated games, followed by a photo album, and a glossary. A nice first book to have. This and the next two books will give you a nice foundation to start your chess on.
8. Winning Chess Tactics By Seirawan and Silman
The follow up to Play Winning Chess above. Various tactics are covered (windmill, fork, skewer, x-ray, etc.). The second half of the book is by far my favorite. It covers great tacticians with a photo, brief biography, and very well annotated game. First is Adolph Anderssen all the way to Garry Kasparov. Next are tests and solutions.
A great book in my opinion.
9. Winning Chess Strategies By Seirawan and Silman
The follow up to Winning Chess Tactics. Tactics being what to do and strategy being how to do it. 🙂 More advanced concepts are covered in this book. Using a material advantage, stopping counterplay, creation of targets, etc are covered in this one. In the back you get a photo, brief biography, and well annotated game of great strategic players (not covered in the tactics book). It starts with Steinitz and ends with Karpov. At the time I bought these three books, there were only 4 out in the Seirawan/Silman series. The fourth I will review next. Since then, they have added an opening and endgame book. I can't speak for those but these three really gave me a great start at chess.
10. Winning Chess Brilliancies by Yasser Seirawan
Book 4 in the above series but not like the others. This one is a collection of 12 deeply annotated games. The games are remarkable and the annotations are out of this world. Game 1 is Fischer-Spassky 1972 game 6. After 1.c4, there are 4 paragraphs of commentary. All that on a single move. This really is an excellent book, which stands on its own. Be warned, these are games by the world's elite GMs. They may be a little hard to grasp but the annotations make them easier to understand. 🙂 Imagine 12 games annotated over 241 pages !!!
11. Weapons Of Chess By Bruce Pandolfini
A nice introduction to strategy. Not really a puzzle book. It's kind of like this is a backward pawn, diagram/example. This is how you would exploit it. A brief illustration of various terms/positions. Bad bishop, doubled pawns, isolated pawn, etc. Just a little explanation of what they are and how to deal with them. Aimed at someone who knows how the pieces move but generally wants to start thinking strategically. I remember it may have helped a little when I first started but now I generally don't think it's necessary.
12. Master Checkmate Strategy By Bill Robertie
Very Basic Book ... Mostly Tactics ... Not Recommended
13. Winning Chess: How To See Three Moves Ahead by Chernev and Reinfeld
A nice little book to help your chess vision. It is tactic puzzle type book with some text. I haven't read it in a long time. Basically, you get a diagram with a win in 3. Then in the column on the next page, there is a diagram after the first move has been played. You actually just look to your right for the next move ! The idea is to teach you to look ahead, possibly without setting up an actual board. A lot of tactical themes are covered by chapter (pin, fork, discovered attack, etc). There are even a few annotated games in the back. Descriptive Notation ... Dated ... But this type of chess doesn't date. 🙂